Catalyzing the development of breakthroughs in the life sciences

Science Impact:

We are fueling progress in the fields of the life sciences to provide pioneering and sustainable solutions for a growing and ageing population.

Catalyzing the development of breakthroughs in the life sciences

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Our approach:

    Our Objective

    Bayer Foundation’s Science Awards strive to honor outstanding achievements in science and education from established senior scientists, as well, as from young future scientific stars. All awards are subject to nomination by senior members of scientific institutions or by a Bayer R&D unit. Self-nominations are not eligible. Winners are selected by the Foundation Council and the members of the Board of the Bayer Foundation.

    1. Awarding renowned scientists:

    Otto Bayer Award for pioneering scientific research

     

      With the Otto Bayer Award, Bayer honors outstanding scientists from German-speaking countries for their pioneering research in the field of chemistry, biochemistry or biology. The winner receives prize money of € 75,000. The award is named after the renowned Dr. Otto Bayer who invented polyurethane in the year 1937.

      Outstanding scientists from German-speaking countries.
      Self-nominations are not eligible

      Proven record of conducting frontier research in chemistry, biochemistry or biology.

      A call for nomination is published in spring of every second year alternating with the Hansen Family Award. The winner receives the prize in a festive ceremony of the yearly hold Bayer Foundation Day. 

       

      STATUS: Nominations in review. 

       

       

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        Dr. Tobias Erb

        Dr. Tobias Erb (MPI for Terrestrial Microbiology, Marburg, Germany) won the Otto Bayer Award in 2018 for his outstanding achievements in the field of synthetic biology. By using synthetic organic chemistry methods, he and his team members created new biological metabolic pathways (e.g. synthetic photosynthesis) on the drawing board, thereby developing biology into a synthetic discipline.

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        Professor Dirk Trauner

        Professor Dirk Trauner (Ludwig-Maximilians-University, Munich, Germany) won the Otto Bayer Award in 2016 for his pioneering contributions in photopharmacology and chemical optogenetics. With his team he developed photo switches of biologically active compounds which in turn have the potential to be used as chemotherapy agents.

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        Professor Frédéric Merkt

        Professor Frédéric Merkt (ETH Zurich, SZwitzerland) won the Otto Bayer Award in 2014 for his outstanding contributions in molecular spectroscopy. With his research he enabled the characterization of activated atoms and molecules and provided novel insights into the basic chemical behavior of molecules.

        Hansen Family Award for Medical Research

         

          Alternating with the Otto Bayer Award, the Hansen Family Award (every second year) honors world leading scientists from German-speaking countries for cutting-edge achievements in medical sciences. This award, also with a prize money of € 75,000, was named after the former Bayer CEO Dr. Kurt Hansen, a trained chemist who was a firm believer in the power of scientific talents for the long-term success of Bayer AG.

          Outstanding scientists in German-speaking countries

          Candidates must have a proven record of outstanding excellence in frontier science, with the potential to drive innovation medicine for the long-term benefit of patients in areas related to medical science and medicine, particularly in the following fields Medicinal chemistry; Human genetics; Active substance research; Red biotechnology; Genetic engineering; Cell physiology; Structural biology; Bioinformatics.

           

          All awards are subject to nomination by senior members of scientific institutions or by a Bayer R&D unit

          A call for nomination is published in spring of every second year alternating with the Otto Bayer Award. The winner receives the prize in a festive ceremony of the yearly hold Bayer Foundation Day.

           

          STATUS: Award currently closed.

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            Professor Edith Heard

            Professor Edith Heard received the Hansen Family Award in 2019 for groundbreaking insights and paradigm shifting discoveries in the area of epigenetics. She and her team contributes significantly to our understanding of the interplay between chromatin structure and gene activity, which is essential for the development of new drugs aimed at treating cancer and other diseases.

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            Professor Jens Brüning

            Professor Jens Brüning (MPI for Metabolism Research, Cologne, Germany) and Professor Matthias H. Tschöp (Helmholtz Centre, Munich, Germany) received the Hansen Family Award in 2017 for their discoveries in the area of diabetes and obesity. Both scientists contributed with their research to the understanding of metabolic and hormone-related pathways and signals in the human body and thereby to urgently needed new prevention and treatment options of diabetes.

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            Professor Emmanuelle Charpentier

            Professor Emmanuelle Charpentier (MPI for Infection Biology, Berlin, Germany) received the Hansen Family Award in 2015 for her development of a revolutionary technology for editing genomes. With her “molecular scissors” system she and her team provided researchers world-wide with a tool to locate defective gene sequences, remove them and insert healthy sections.

            2. Awarding young scientific talents:

            Early Excellence in Science Awards

             

              Bayer’s Early Excellence in Science Awards has four categories, namely Biology, Chemistry, Medical Sciences and Data Sciences in Life Sciences. With these awards, Bayer honors talented young scientists (for up to 5 years following completion of their PhD) from all over the world for pioneering research achievements. In each category the awardees receive prize money of € 10,000.

              Young, outstanding scientists working worldwide.

              Max. 5 years following the PhD completion:
              - Scientific achievements in the early stage of their career;
              - Proven record of scientific excellence
              - In (one of) the following categories:
              *Chemistry; *Biology; *Medical sciences; *Data science in life sciences.

              A call for nomination is published in spring of every year with the Otto Bayer Award or Family Hansen Award in parallel. The winner receives the prize in a festive ceremony of the yearly hold Bayer Foundation Day. 

               

              STATUS: Nominations in review. 

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                Winner of EESA for Medical Sciences
                Dr. Susanne van Veluw

                Dr. Susanne van Veluw (Harvard Medical School, Boston, USA) for developing and applying cutting-edge imaging techniques to visualize hitherto undetectable micro infarct lesions in the human brain.

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                Winner of EESA for Chemistry
                Dr. Christina Woo

                Dr. Christina Woo (Harvard University, Boston, USA) for her pioneering research on the role of small molecules influencing protein function and biological signaling using large-scale chemical biology approaches.

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                Winner of EESA for Biology
                Dr. Julian Stingele

                Dr. Julian Stingele (Ludwig-Maximilians-University, Munich, Germany) for his discovery of an entirely unexpected DNA repair pathway, which is crucially important to prevent ageing and tumorigenesis.

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                Winner of EESA for Medical Sciences
                Dr. Kathryn Susan Hayward

                Dr. Kathryn Susan Hayward (University of British Colombia, Australia) for her impact on the field of stroke rehabilitation and recovery focused on individuals with significant loss of arm and hand function in early post-stroke.

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                Winner of EESA for Chemistry
                Dr. Keary M. Engle

                Dr. Keary M. Engle (Scripps Research Institute, La Jolla, USA) for his unparalleled contributions at the interface of organometallic chemistry, organic synthesis and catalysis – particularly in the area of effective syntheses of small molecules by smart catalysis.

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                Winner of EESA for Biology
                Dr. Christoph Engel

                Dr. Christoph Engel (University of Regensburg, Germany) for his outstanding research providing the molecular basis for ribosomal RNA synthesis by RNA polymerase in eukaryotic cells. 

                The Bayer Thrombosis Research Award

                 

                  The Bayer Thrombosis Research Award is presented every two years with prize money of € 30,000 to a scientist in a German-speaking country whose work focuses on basic and applied clinical research in the field of thrombosis.

                  Scientists working in German-speaking countries with a focus on thrombosis.

                  Proof of work focus on basic and clinical research into thrombosis, particularly on the diagnosis, prevention and therapy of thromboembolic diseases, including epidemiology and health policy approaches.


                  Suitable candidates should have completed their PhD or MD no longer than 5 years ago and they either should be working in a German speaking country or have completed major parts of scientific training in the German-speaking world.

                  The winner receives the awards at a festive ceremony held at Bayer Pharmaceuticals. 

                   

                  STATUS: Award currently closed.

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                    Dr. Changjun Yin

                    Dr. Changjun Yin (Ludwig-Maximilians-University, Munich, Germany) in recognition of his research on Atherosclerosis and Alzheimer’s disease (AD) as inflammatory conditions with high risks to develop thrombosis-related diseases. Together with his research group he bridged basic science using animal models and human translational studies and thereby opened a new avenue to treat patients afflicted with atherosclerosis and AD.

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                    Dr. David Seiffge

                    Dr. David Seiffge (University Hospital, Basel, Switzerland) for his applied clinical research on non-vitamin-K-dependent oral anticoagulants (NOAKs) in patients with acute stroke. Together with his team he was able to demonstrate that patients can be treated with NOAKs already shortly after an acute stroke and thereby significantly increase the success of the acute therapy of this life-threatening disease.

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                    Dr. Markus Bender

                    Dr. Markus Bender (Julius-Maximilians-Universität, Würzburg, Germany) for his pioneering work on a rare genetic condition causing severe wound bleeding in children. With his research team he discovered that a mutation in the gene encoding the protein profilin-1 prevents blood platelets to take their usual disc form and thereby lose the ability to contribute to clot formation.

                    Our Objective:

                    We strive to support the next generation of scientists to fuel Science for a Better Life. We do this by providing scientific study fellowships as well as through funds that enable scientists to engage at world-renowned scientific conferences - which can lay the foundation for valuable knowledge-exchange and future long-lasting collaborations.

                    1. Foundation Fellowships

                    Up to 50 scholarships in five categories within the Bayer Fellowship Program: The Bayer Fellowship Program enables yearly up to fifty science students and apprentices to undertake international studies and research abroad, with international students being nominated to study in Germany and Germany-based students nominated to study outside of Germany. The focus areas are education and scientific studies related to health and agriculture. Scholarships are granted up to two years prior to PhD graduation. The program consists of five scholarships:

                    Up to 50 scholarships in 5 categories within the Bayer Fellowship Program

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                    The program consists of five scholarships:

                     

                    OTTO BAYER

                    For students and young professionals researching in the field of chemistry, biochemistry or biology

                     

                    CARL DUISBERG

                    For students and young professionals researching in the field of medicine

                     

                    JEFF SCHELL

                    For students and young professionals researching in the field of agricultural sciences

                     

                    KURT HANSEN

                    For students and young professionals researching in the field of science education

                     

                    HERRMANN STRENGER

                    For apprentices and young professionals in non-academic professions

                     

                      Science students and young professionals who are based in Germany and want to carry out studies abroad or science students and young professionals from abroad who wish to carry out studies in Germany.

                      All applicants should have a proven track record, high level of commitment, as well as an innovative project plan. The amount per fellowship is individual, individual yet limited to 20,000€ per request.

                      Confirmation letter from the host institute/university

                      · Project description (duration of 2-12 months)
                      · Financial plan (estimation of costs)
                      · Recent transcripts
                      · CV

                      Because of the COVID Pandemic the program is currently on hold for 2020. The next call for application will be announced most likely in spring 2021.

                      10 post doctoral scholarships for research in Germany

                      The Humboldt-Bayer Research Fellowship is a collaboration between the Bayer Foundation and the Humboldt Foundation supporting postdoctoral studies in the Life Sciences in Germany. Every year, the Bayer Foundation awards research grants to 10 post-doctoral scientists. Candidates are requested to apply directly via the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation.

                       

                      https://www.humboldt-foundation.de/web/humboldt-fellowship-postdoc.html

                      2. Supporting scientific exchange

                      20 stipends to attend Lindau Nobel Laureate Meeting

                      The Lindau Nobel Laureate Meeting is a unique opportunity for the world elite in science and academia to interact and exchange with the brightest talents in science and medicine − a springboard for global knowledge exchange.

                       

                      Each year, the Bayer Foundation supports 20 young researchers from around the world to attend the conference as “Bayer Lindau Fellows.” In addition, the Foundation organizes science dialogue evenings to exchange ideas and scientific spirit between fellows and senior industry scientists.

                      Our Objective:

                      At Bayer Foundation, we firmly believe that science provides answers to future challenges. As such, we strive to spark the joy of science and technology among children and help pave the way for tomorrow’s scientific pioneers.

                       

                      Our strategy:

                      We are supporting schools and teachers to help take science education to new heights with our ecosystem of Baylab student laboratories as well as through a school funding program.

                      We are supporting schools and teachers to help take science education to new heights

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                      Baylab student laboratories

                      The Baylab student laboratories offer an exciting addition to school education, promoting the fun of discovery of science. This is done through supplementary school lessons; teacher support programs (in fields such as pharmaceutical research and gene editing); as well as special integration classes for inclusive participation. Please visit the Baylab website for more information about local offerings.

                       

                      Bayer Science@School Program

                      We are supporting schools and teachers to help take science education to new heights with our ecosystem of Baylab student laboratories as well as through a school funding program.

                       

                      Details for the new round of applications will be announced in January 2021.

                      Our Objective:

                      There is no innovation without collaboration. This is why Bayer Foundation thrives on building and curating ecosystems with partners across the world for a world with Health for All and Hunger for None.

                       

                      Falling Walls:

                      Bayer Foundation supports a number of Falling Walls programs, such as the Berlin Science Week, engaging the science community with the public or Falling Walls Lab, a global pitching contest for scientific visionaries from all fields. The vision of Falling Walls is to shape the future of humanity by impact-oriented ideas and discoveries, driven by the dedication for creating breakthroughs across borders and disciplines.

                       

                      https://falling-walls.com/

                       

                       

                      Humboldt University:

                      Since 2010, the cooperation between Bayer Foundation and Humboldt University empowers children and teenagers to learn about scientific research and STEM subjects. The aim is to generate fun experiences and interest in and for science, especially among students who have shown little interest in these topics so far. Many of the children and teenagers that participate get insights into research methodology in science and industry for the first time. Together with their teachers and the help of trained personnel, students get the opportunity to work on their own scientific projects based on innovative learning methods.

                       

                      Please feel free to reach out if you have further questions or comments about our awards.

                      bayer.foundations@bayer.com